We'll close out the first year of not-regular Saturday bridge columns with a fun hand that could have paid off even better.
The bidding is more challenging than the play of the hand, as the number of possible auctions is several orders of magnitude larger than the number of possible hands, which are 52 choose thirteen. And all for 105 possible contracts, do the math.
I could have raised "Two Diamonds" to that "One Heart" response, and perhaps that would have been wiser, even with a flattish hand and partner likely having a suitable stopper in Hearts. The partner bot immediately bids game. Note there is no box around that bid, indicating one of the special bids that get Cliff Notes treatment from the simulation. Thus I decide not to push higher: there might be some convention to get there.
On to the play: the South hand is open, and East leads the ♣3. Take stock in the North hand, the closed hand for this diagram: no losers in Spades; the Hearts should all be good; one Diamond must fall to the outstanding Ace, and the dummy takes care of the Clubs. Here's how it goes: win the first trick with the ♣ Queen on the board; cash the ♠ Ace to safeguard against any annoying Spade leads from the defense; four rounds of Hearts draw all the trumps; now go to work on the Clubs, when I saw the Jack, Ten, and Nine come out, that Eight would have been good, but I ruffed with the ♥5 that was still in reserve to be able to lead a little Diamond toward the King; that finesse didn't work, but now West is almost in an end-play situation (the bridge version of Zugzwang I alluded to previously) having to lead toward the commanding Diamonds and the ♥8 also in reserve: the best hope, to lead a high Spade, trumped in the closed hand, then two rounds of Diamonds for plus two.